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RTÉ Radio - Broadcasting live from the 2008/2009 Volvo Ocean Race in Galway
RTÉ is set to broadcast a range of radio and television programmes including RTÉ Radio 1's The Tubridy Show and RTÉ Nationwide on RTÉ One from Galway over the duration of the race stopover in the City of the Tribes.
On RTÉ Radio, Ryan Tubridy will present The Tubridy Show live from RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta's mobile radio studio, An Rodaí, from 9am to 10am on Monday 25 May. An Rodaí will be situated in the race village at the docks in Galway from Monday to Wednesday and RTÉ is inviting members of the public to come down and place their requests directly with programmes on RTÉ Radio 1, RTÉ lyric fm and RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta.
Lyric Lunchtime with Liz Nolan, RTÉ lyric fm's dedication show, will broadcast live from 12.30pm to 2.30pm on Wednesday 27 May. The programme will feature sea shanties and listeners favourite nautical tunes and give listeners a feel for the fun of this maritime celebration.
On Monday 25 May at 4.30pm, the first of RTÉ Radio 1's Drivetime specials comes from Galway with coverage of the Ireland North and West European Elections and a feature on tourism on the North Western Seaboard. Drivetime will give 14 children the opportunity to escort seven skippers to their boats during the departure ceremony of the Volvo Race in Galway.
The Ronan Collins Show will be in the middle of all the action on Tuesday 26 May from 12 midday with updates on the Volvo Ocean Race and news of what is going on in the docklands that day. Mooney will also be hosting a day at the dogs at the Galway Greyhound Stadium on Thursday, 28 May. For a chance to join the Mooney Show for lunch and entertainment at the dogs tune in to the show each day from 3.00pm.
RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta will broadcast Binneas Béil live from Galway at 2pm on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday while Iris Aniar, presented by Bríd Ní Chualáin will be broadcast on Tuesday and Wednesday at 9.15am. Bríd will be speaking to race analyst, Ruairc Ó Tuairisg, about the background to the race up until the Galway stopover. Maria Moynihan Lee from the Race organising committee in Galway will tell listeners all they need to know about events planned for the Race festival and Enda O'Coineen, Director of Let's Do it Global, will talk about the huge project that is the Galway stopover of the race. The afternoon music show Binneas Béil will be broadcast live from the race village and will feature a selection of music and requests in the afternoon. You can see pictures of RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta at the Volvo Ocean Race here.
On 5 June, the eve of the departure of the race from Galway, RTÉ Radio 1's Seascapes, the Maritime Programme, will broadcast a special hour long programme live from the Race Village at 10.02pm. The programme will also celebrate the 20th anniversary of the first broadcast of Seascapes on 2 June, 1989.
Anyone in Galway from Monday, 25 May to Wednesday, 27 May should look out for RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta's Rodaí in the race village at the Galway docks and hand in their music requests directly to the RTÉ Radio 1, RTÉ lyric fm and RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta programme teams.
On RTÉ Television, Nationwide will broadcast a special programme from Galway on the historic event on Wednesday 27 May, presented by Michael Ryan. It will feature reports on how Galway succeeded in getting the rights for the historic race; Marine Correspondent Tom MacSweeney, who was a crewman on the last Irish boat to take part in the Race NCI Ireland in 1991, telling the history of the Race and how it has changed over the years; Orla Nix on the celebrations in Galway, where a lively festival has been built around the event; and more from Tom McSweeney who visited Boston to gauge the Irish emigrants' reaction to the Race and its Atlantic run between Boston and Galway.
RTÉ News will have previews of the event from this Friday evening (22 May) and the RTÉ Six One News will be co-presented from Galway on Monday, 25 May with news of the arrival of the ships. RTÉ's Marine Correspondent Tom McSweeney will be based in Galway for the event and RTÉ News will also monitor the ships' departure for the next stage of the race from Galway down the West Coast and across the Dutch and Danish coasts to Sweden.
RTÉ Weather will arrive in Galway on Sunday, 24 May. Gerard Fleming of Met Éireann and Ursula Bracken of RTÉ Weather will be meeting the public on the streets of Galway that day and there will be national weather broadcasts with a special emphasis on local conditions on Sunday and Monday.
Finally, TG4 will be broadcasting the race live from Galway on Saturday 30 May beginning at 11.55am including coverage of the in-port races. It will also be broadcast worldwide on www.tg4.tv There will also be extensive coverage of the action throughout the visit to Galway by the Ocean Race from Nuacht TG4, produced by RTÉ.